Tring parkrun #209 – The A to Z of Tring parkrun

##209 - The A to Z of Tring parkrun

A is for Anne Ramsden – who set the 2nd fastest ever time for VW65-69 with a time of 28:08

B is for Bovines – They were very well behaved this week and waited patiently for us to start before walking across to their water trough

Thanks to the cows for politely waiting for us to start

C is for Christian names that we hadn’t seen before – so welcome to Soraya, Nicolette and Carlton

D is for Dylan Barlow – who has recorded 5 PBs in his last 5 appearances at Tring. Also recording their 3rd PB from 3 appearances were Claire Butcher, Steve Turner, Sean Hampson and Julia Norman

E is for Excellent D of E volunteers – We are very lucky as at the moment we have a group of 6 doing their bronze and silver level volunteering. After watching you all set off on your 5k I was having a catch-up with Tom Sawyer who the previous week had won the Ridgeway 85 mile Ultra. It was just as well that D of E regulars Charlotte and Grace were concentrating as they spotted I had forgotten to set up the finish funnel!! Luckily we managed to get it set up about 30 secs before our 1st finisher

Grace & Charlotte remember the poles and tape

Luckily no one will ever know that I had forgotten!

F is for Facebook followers - did you know we have 2,946 followers. Who will be our 3,000th?

G is for Great Turnout – Our longest sequence of 200+ runner parkruns, with our 18th this week and with Gadebridge and Milton Keynes cancelled net week, we should soon move onto 19 in a row

H is for Huntington Woods, Michigan (a suburb of Detroit) – whose population in the 2010 census was 6,238 – by complete chance, can you guess the number of different people who have run at Tring? If you have run at Tring this stat wouldn’t have been possible without you!

I is for Improving PBs –Of the runners who have run at least 5 times, the biggest improvers were Millie Weller (3:31), Richard Martin (2:27), Matthew Pagani (1:04), Colin Chapple (0:59) and Dylan Barlow (0:47)

It's a great feeling when you get a PB! Over 3mins improvement for Millie just ahead of proud mum

J is for John Butcher - who became out oldest parkrunner at Tring and also became our first and fastest in the VM85-89 age category

Well done John - fastest in the VM85-89 category

J is also for Julia Norman - who recorded her 3rd PB in 3 weeks. 2 PBs in 2 weeks for Caroline Legg, Steve Turner and Graham & Dylan Barlow

K is for Kelly Dickson – The only person to get all numbers the same on her time with her 33:33

L is also for Longest streak – Dennis Raffety holds the longest unbroken attendance with an impressive 54 parkrun streak. Up till last week he was building another long streak with 23 in a row but unfortunately, he had to retire injured this week so our new longest current streakers are James Whitaker (15), Alice Fisher (8), Chris Simmons, Vicky Williams and Helen Page (all 6)

M is for Minute 28 – This week’s busiest minute

N is for Nicola Hume – whose gap of 192 Tring parkruns is the 4th longest gap between 2 Tring parkruns – welcome back!

O is for Obelisk – Half way round our course you pass the obelisk. Did you know that the 15m high tapering obelisk is made of red brick and limestone ashlar which rests on a square pedestal and towers up to a pierced ball finial. Legend has it that it was built to commemorate the visits to the mansion of Charles II and his mistress Nell Gwyn.

P is for Paul Cocklin - from Ware Joggers who ran his 200th this week

P is also for Paul Reddaway –who set the 2nd fastest ever time for VM55-59 with a time of 20:05

Q is for Quentin Harding – who back in June became the only person to have ever run at Tring with a name beginning with Q!

R is for RunFit Essex – the 1st time that we had seen this club – also the 1st time that we had seen Tuesday Tracks, Stainland Lions RC and K-Way VOB

S is for Steven Hall – one of 6 1st timers this week – welcome to you and to David Smith, Dylan Richards, David Gafford, Holly Smith and Mark Evans

Welcome to Steven - one of 6 running their 1st ever parkrun

T is for Talia Williams - who earned her “10” T-shirt this week

U is for Unknown – 8 no-barcode results this week – which conveniently, given the year brought our all-time total to 2018

V is for our super Volunteers – thanks to Andy EVANS • Hilary NEEDLEMAN • Emma WELLER • Ann-Marie EVANS • James MAPLE • Kevin LAWLEY • Katrina BOND • Stuart PAGE • Allison WILLIMENT • Graham HOLLANDS • Katie WILLIAMS • Dominic VEAL • Martin WELLER • Angela HOLLANDS • Beth WELLER • Millie WELLER • Chris NICHOLLS • Alison LYON • William CRANE • Andrew BOOTH • Richard LONG • Charlotte SEVERS • Grace FENSOME • Howie BECK

W is for Williams – which with 6 runners was the most seen surname this week

X is for Yan Xu – who back in August became the only person to have ever run at Tring with a surname beginning with X!

Y is for Yellow hi-viz – We are always grateful if you can help us fill our volunteer roster – take a look at and simply write to

Z is for Zoe Skells – because if she hadn’t run this week you’d have had to hear all about my trip to Poland to visit Zielona Gora parkrun to collect my "Z"!

Z is for Zoe


See you all again on Saturday to do it all again!


Andy Evans


Tring Park parkrun #206 – A beautiful morning!

The weather this Saturday was beautiful and sunny with just a slight chill in the air, which was very refreshing after the recent heatwave. We’d also had a little rain during the previous week which had softened Tring Park up, just a bit!

Its days like this that makes you appreciate just how lucky we are to be able to host Tring parkrun in Tring Park. We also had the added bonus of no cows as they have gone to pastures new. Shame the Wallabies weren’t around though, would have been fun trying to marshal them!

The new Tring Park signage by the new gates.

We had 206 runners attend this week with 39 first time parkrunners or tourists. We hope you enjoyed the course, and hills, and come back again for a PB soon.

With such good running conditions we also had 36 PB’s. Congratulations to Chris MOLLOY, Seb BRUMMELL, Tom MORETON, Sean MCKENNA, William BROOKMAN, Stuart CLARKE, Amy FARNFIELD, Angelo LUCATELLO, Anthony FOSTER, Terry ROONEY, Ben THORN, Michael LAMB, Tim MILLER, Phil MARRIOTT, Philip PUGH, Gary STROUD, Ian DOUGHTY, Tam QUINN, Michael DONOVAN, Robert BLYTHE, Richard BADDON, Allan MACCORMACK, Robin FISHER, Victoria WILLIAMS, Chris PARKER, Poppy WAGER-LEIGH, Samantha HOLLIER, Kirsty GRUBER, Luca WEBSTER, Jeremy WEBSTER, David BLISS, Phillip RANCE, Freya KENT, Jack FISHER, Melanie BROOKMAN and Holly KENT on your PB’s this week. Very well done!

A great view of the first corner, without runners.

….. and with!

A huge thank you to all the volunteers who helped set up the course, man the marshalling points and manage the finish line. Many thanks to Jane Martin, Claire Hallissey, Tom North, Edward Hopper, Richard Murphy, Ken Douglas, James Maple, Chris Nicholls, Sam Evans, Dawn Figg, Alison Bill, Chris Bill, Steve F Cliffe, Heather Painter, Lucy Brittain, Richard Long, Frances Leff, Eleanor Mckeown, Finlay McKeown, Grace Fensome and Gillian Hanson.

Thanks to Frances and Jeff the dog for marshalling Gate 2.

We had three Milestones this week with Chris Molloy and Ian Cooper achieving the coveted Red Shirt for their 50th parkruns and John Howard picking up the Black shirt for his 100th. Very well done to all of you.

Well done to Chris Molloy, 1st finisher, a new PB and his 50th parkrun. A busy morning!

The run up to the ‘run around me’ sign looking amazing!

The Lime Avenue straight, just before the new last turn, beautiful!

First across the line this week for the ladies was Kate Rennie in 19:40, just 5 seconds outside the course record followed by Amy Farmfield in a new PB time of 22:36 and Claire Hallissey in 23:03.

For the men Chris Molloy was fastest with a new PB of 18:45 followed by Chris Booth in 19:09 and Jhon Cosgrove in 19:13.

Lovely view of the finish line from the trees, lovely spot for a post run chat!

Looking forward to parkrun #207 we are expecting a very special guest from Hertfordshire YOPA (Year of Physical Activity), look for someone special in the start/finish area.

Well done to all those that ran this week, for a full list of all this weeks’ results please go to

For news , photos, videos and updates don’t forget to visit our Facebook page at and you can now follow us on Twitter at .

If you would like to volunteer please email with a preferred role or any offer of assistance and we will add you to future rosters.

Thank you and see you on Saturday.

Richard Murphy
Run Director


Tring parkrun #205: It’s a mystery

On Saturday a parkrun happened in Tring Park as it has every Saturday for almost 4 years, but nobody cares about that, the big question on everyone’s lips was ‘where are the cows?’

We've experienced sudden cow disappearances before and there have been many theories, but no answers....perhaps until now!

Was it really the Bunion Gang that did it?
(Last week's theory)

The truth is out there
Are 'they' really out there capturing our cows?
(The theory from the first disappearance three years ago)


Keen to finally crack this case we made the mistake of sending our specialist bovine reporter Chris MILLAR to find out once and for all...

Read to discover his shocking conclusions...

Cow on Lomand
A cow on Ben Lomond just because it’s a pretty picture

A nice view ruined
The same pretty picture ruined by Chris Millar

I’m Chris Millar, Tring’s specialist bovine investigative reporter and I’ve been out in parkrunland interviewing parkrunners to try and find our cows, below is a synopsis of my findings.

Sam WATHEN (A1030134) said “You’ve heard of the Bermuda Triangle right? But have you heard of the Tring Park Cow Rhombus? It’s between the gun emplacement and the copper beeches, that’s why nobody runs on that path because of the risk of getting swallowed by the rhombus, the cows probably ran through the rhombus and are still in the park but in another dimension".

Mel YOUNG (A1784728) and Darren McMAHON (A914117) claimed to have stolen the cows with attached photographic evidence saying “we’ll give your cows back when you pay the ransom”.

ransom note
Not sure if this is a real ransom note or the Proclaimers new album.

Caroline VOWLES (A998752) suggested that the cows had simply popped to the beach to cool down.

James MOORE (A187159) suggested the cows had made a day trip to the North Downs Way to scare the runners racing through the night.

Andy EVANS (A157497) simply said “Mmmmm these burgers are tasty”

Ken DOUGLAS (A1252507) exclaimed “Hoots mon they’re off chasing the haggis!” (If any of our readers know what he’s on about please let us know)

Whatever happened I can guarantee that it definitely wasn’t aliens. I was driving through the park one night on the A41 on the way home from work and stopped to investigate something shiny on the hard shoulder. I tripped over a bloke who I think said his name was simply A1674 who told me that there was no such thing as cows and what I’d seen and thought was cows was simply an illusion caused by cloud of swamp gas refracting the light of the moon off a weather balloon.

So that settles it.

Tring never had any cows.


Either that or the Farmer and/or Woodland Trust have something to do with this.
In any case I'm sure normal service will be resumed soon enough!

[Ed: On reviewing last week's photos I'm not quite so sure!]



parkrun 199 #thisgirlcan

Tring parkrun is world famous. Whenever you see a photo from parkrun HQ of parkrunners on a grassy hill, the odds are it's Tring. That's what ensured it's place on our parkrun bucket list, and when a friend moved to the area last year we finally had the perfect excuse to make the journey. The trouble is, it was December and covered in snow and ice which made it a somewhat slippery affair.

Fast forward a few months and we were lucky enough to have another opportunity, and this time the weather could not have been more different. The photos don't do it justice; glorious meadows, beautiful trees, and a perfect blue sky greeted us.


This weeks RD Katie giving the runners their briefing

Whilst I was volunteering this time, my wife and nine year old son ran. Tring couldn't be more different from our home parkrun of York, which is all on smooth tarmac and is one of the flattest courses anywhere in the world. They both agree that the first and last kilometres at Tring are the hardest due to the hills so took plenty of walking breaks to catch their breath and enjoy the views. The best bit for them was running downhill through the woods towards the monument, and the marshals ringing cowbells (we absolutely adore that Tring has cow marshals). It was a hot one this week, particularly the last stretch on the bumpy grass, so their time was a bit slower than December, but no matter.

I was on finish token duty and had a great time. The other volunteers were a super friendly bunch who were so enthusiastic about all things parkrun and they made me feel right at home.

I also got to witness some excellent sprint finishes, and a tremendous number of runners in fancy dress for This Girl Can.


Redbourn Runners getting into the #thisgirlcan spirit

I also really liked that there were special bibs for parkrunners to wear on their milestone runs. Timothy Fryer, Keith Henderson and Colin Baker all did their 50th runs, and Evan Billings and Hattie Corntwaite both joined the exclusive juniors 10 club.




Keith, Colin and Timothy completing their 50th parkrun

Equally as great is the fact that 29 people were doing Tring parkrun for the first time, and for 9 of those it was their first parkrun anywhere ever. Welcome to the group, I hope you get as much out of parkrun as everyone else does.

Undoubtedly we'll be back to Tring at some point, possibly for another icy one in December. We can't wait!

Many thanks to everyone!

Ruth and Ste Robson,
York parkrun


Tring parkrun – Week 193 – Phew!

Well that all seemed to go pretty well! Aside from one or two teething problems we hope to have ironed out over the next few weeks it seems like the move to our new route has worked out alright!

Before we get on to the rest of the report I want to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers who helped out on the day. Essentially if everything goes well I don’t really have to do anything as Run Director, and on a day when we had a new herd of cows, a new route plus our fifth highest attendance ever it’s a testament to how great our volunteers are that I was able to wander around and chat to runners whilst everything seemed to tick over nicely. So, THANK YOU!

I also want to single out our fantastic team of Run Directors who helped set out the new course (or designed it in the case of Andy Evans), marshalled and stepped in to record those pesky barcodes that didn’t scan. On that note we have a new scanner on order which should hopefully cut down the queue – at least it wasn’t raining!

Stepping up to volunteer this week were: Andy Evans • Angela Hollands • Anna Lambert • Ben Patterson • Charlotte Severs • Clive Cohen • Frances Leff • Gary Evans • Graham Hollands • Helen Tullie • James Maple • Jim Patterson • Jonathan Sartin • Karen Hennel • Katie Haines • Keith Stonestreet • Ken Douglas • Maura Patterson • Patrick McLoughlin • Richard Murphy • Ross Lambert • Thomas Patterson • Victoria Wilson

Finishline crew in action

We are always on the lookout for new volunteers, so if you think you could help with any of our roles on a Saturday morning, just drop us an e-mail at

As expected we’ll be making a few tweaks and adjustments ahead of the run this Saturday, but nothing major. One thing we would ask is that you are mindful of how you leave the park after finishing the run, trying not to walk across the ‘racing’ line as other runners are finishing. We’ll do our best to keep the scanning queue to a minimum but if it does build up please keep to one side and cheer the other runners in whilst you’re waiting.

Thank you to everyone for sticking to the guidance on under-11s – just like the ‘no barcode, no result’ rule this is one that we have to enforce. We don’t mind a sprint finish where your little one can leave you for dust but during the rest of the run they should be within arm’s reach. Likewise all dogs need to be kept on a short lead and with the narrower start you may want to start to one side or at the back, making your way through as the field thins out.

Emerging from the valley

A slightly different shape in the far distance as runners exit the valley and climb the hill

As for the new course the general consensus seems to be that it was either:
a) A bit harder
b) Much harder
c) A bit easier

It certainly looked a bit harder and I know from buggy running through the valley that it’s not flat! We’re glad you seemed to enjoy it though and welcome any other feedback you have.

Competitive finishline action

And some more

Whilst we’ve publicly explained that the course change is due to a request from the ‘Ancient Tree Forum’ to avoid root damage around the old start/finish, I can actually reveal that it was due to possible damage to the Tring supercomputer which is stored directly beneath the original start line – as we grow ever popular the added footfall was simply causing havoc with our algorithms.

Thankfully, with catastrophic stats failure avoided I can reveal that last Saturday:
• Nobody reached any of the main parkrun milestones – the last time this happened was in early October last year.
• Chris Nicholls has recorded 7 PBs in the last 7 parkruns, Tia Kerr-Miller has recorded 4 in 4 and Kelly Lane, Iain Middleton, Alice Fisher, Adrienne Garner, Anna Taylor, Simon Cowie, Rob Billings, Colin Hamnett, David Taylor, Gavin Morden and Callum Hunter-Whitehouse have all had 2 PBs in the last 2.
• In addition, Nathan Cook has recorded 5 PBs in his last 5 appearances, Chris Fielden and Simon Cowie 4 in 4 and Tim Shepherd-Smith, Michael Hart, Fergus Green and Luke Parker all 3 in 3.
• Of the runners who have run at least 5 times, the biggest PB improvements were Rob Billings (3:53), David Taylor (2:43), Ella Kingston (2:00), Chris Fielden (1:59), Robyn Neill (1:46), Thomas Fielden (1:44), Evan Billings (1:39), Holly Williams (1:36), Sara Jones (1:36) and Mark Ashley (1:35)
• Simon Beedell recorded the 2nd fastest ever time in the VM35-39 with his 18:11, Jenny Morgan ran the 3rd fastest ever VW60-64 in 26:11. Simon’s time was also the fastest we have seen in 2018.
• Adrienne Garner chipped off some more time off her own 2nd best at VW70-74 and Betty Stracey recorded our 2nd best ever VW75-79.
• We welcomed back Maria Russell - 182 Tring parkruns since her last Tring parkrun – the 2nd highest ever gap.
• Of the surnames that we have seen before, the following set their own personal attendance records with 5 Greens, 5 Parkers, 4 Kents and 3 Hudghtons. In fact with 5, Green & Parker were the most numerous surnames.

60% of our 5 Greens of the day

• We saw the surname Foskett for the 200th time and Brookmann reached 50. Good to see Weller reach 50 too after a bit of a gap.
• With 8, Chris was this week’s most numerous name. We saw David for the 500th time and Luke for the 100th. Surprisingly we saw the name Siobhan for the 1st time.
• Matthew Riggs finished 6th on his 6th parkrun

If that doesn’t get your heart racing then nothing will!

Colin Hamnett’s new PB of 22:21 was just a second too fast to claim this week’s “Aesthetically pleasing time of the week” award and likewise Peter Young’s second run in a time of 44:42 showed a complete disregard for symmetry. Gregg Leff you must try harder next time as 33:34 just doesn’t cut it! I’ll be honest, this week’s set of times weren’t really that aesthetically pleasing but after a quick look through I think Lee Robinson’s time of 31:31 will do! “Well done” everyone!

Now apparently there’s some big event happening next Saturday and all the media have been going on about it, the streets will be thronged with people, the bunting will be out and there will be cucumber sandwiches for all*. Ah yes, it’s Tring parkrun #194! See you there!


* Cucumber sandwiches and bunting not guaranteed.

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Small change….

Following a survey by the Ancient Tree Forum, they have requested, to avoid root damage, that for both the Woodland Trust events and our parkruns, people don’t gather near the trees of the Lime Avenue. We have therefore agreed to move both our start and finish with a couple of small changes to our route.

Don’t worry, we have kept closely to the previous route as we know you’d hate to lose running up those hills.

revised route

So, we’ll be gathering near the old 4km post. Starting just after that we will run down and along the valley. Don’t worry we’re not turning right up Heartbreak yet. Nor are we heading straight uphill, but instead we swing right and follow the valley to where it joins with the dip that we used to run through. Then it’s up the hill and for the next 3 km the usual route. Halfway along the A41, by the hidden pond, rather than heading up the climb towards the curly bridge, we will turn left and take a shortcut along the valley. Then it’s the usual right up Heartbreak (well we just couldn’t leave it out!) – then all the way through the avenue, with a right turn at the end, for a short sprint to the finish.

If you’re a very fast runner, please reread the above paragraph very carefully. Anyone else – simply follow the person in front of you!

We have also bought a couple of tarpaulins to put your jackets/bags on. These will be near the finish line – please use these rather than the traditional “under the trees” location.


Tring parkrun 192 – Scorchio!

It was a beautiful morning for what might well have been the last time we run our "classic" Tring parkrun route; starting and finishing at the foot of the Lime Tree Avenue.

We had beautiful sunny morning for our 192nd parkrun at Tring

But before I get onto that, you may be wondering where last week's run report is? There isn't one. Glad we cleared that up!!

However from that week we'd like to acknowledge Kim Escritt who ran her 50th parkrun as a visitor to Tring (she's normally at Peter Pan parkrun - what a great name!!); David Taylor also ran his 50th (he normally runs at Aylesbury and has visited Tring 6 times) and our very own Stuart Page who joined the 100-club (97 of those being at Tring).

Our brilliant Finish Line Team - just some of the 21 volunteers who helped make the day possible/


We had a great turnout of 237 runners, of whom 17 were running their first ever parkrun and 12 were visiting Tring for the first time from other parkruns.

10 people either did not have or forgot their barcodes and 2 people were tail walkers. A quick whizzz on my pocket calculator shows that 196 people therefore had the chance of a PB. 61 people managed this (the highest total since the same week - 1st week of May - last year and the 9th highest ever). That's almost 1 in 3! Well I did say at the start it felt like a "PB sort of a day"! :-)

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Over a quarter of Saturday's runners qualified to ring our famous PB Bell

Still on the theme of PBs:

  • That makes an amazing 6 in 6 weeks for Chris Nicholls.
  • 4 in 4 weeks for Eddy Guinness, 3 in 3 weeks for Isobel Roberts and Tia Kerr-Miller, 2 in 2 weeks for Samantha Hollier, Steven Boyd, Vicky Smith and Paul Beadle.
  • In addition, in his last 4 appearances, Ben Woodhams has recorded 4 PBs. Also 3 in 3 for Simon Cowie, Steven Boyd, Damien Fortune and Dave Stevens.
  • Chris Nicholls now heads the “most PBs in a Tring year” for the 2nd year in a row and moves into the 2nd highest ever total with his total of 22 PBs


Adrienne Garner was the week's most senior runner; in the 71-74 age category.
She ran a very impressive 34:40, placing her among the highest age adjusted times of the day.

Other notable stuff includes:

  • Well done to Ben Thorn on running his 100th parkrun
  • Adrienne Garner improves her own 2nd fastest ever for the VW70-74 category
  • 50th time we have seen the surnames Valentine and Burbidge
  • 200th time we have seen the name Mark
  • 1st time we have seen 4 Harrys
  • 18 runners in the 24th minute equals the record for that minute
  • Of the runners who have run at least 5 times, the biggest PB improvements were Kevin Lynch (2:37), Samantha Hollier (2:00), Isobel Roberts (1:21), James Doyle-Tanner (1:14), Joanna Penn (1:12), Tom Brookes (1:11)
  • Jasmine Margetts managed to finish 55th on her 55th parkrun
  • A special mention goes to Lynda Hembury for running a very aesthetically pleasing time of 22:22!!
  • And let's hear it for the symmetrical Weeeeeeeees Baaaaaaall who crossed the line with a wonderfully balanced time of 43:34 (and had a close call the week before on 32:33!!)


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Congrats to Ben Thorn who ran his 100th parkrun


So, that's it for another week.

Next week will be very different. First of all our cows will be back (always interesting to meet them for the first time!!) and secondly we're changing the route!!!

Watch this space!!!!




Tring parkrun 187 – Bumper, Spring colouring-in edition!


The colours of Spring

This week's run report aims to bring a little more colour to the exploits of 200 runners and 20 volunteers who gathered together at 9am in Tring Park on March the 31st 2018...and more!!

This years Spring colours
This year's "on trend" Spring colours!!

Easter weekend was a dull, soggy affair; the vibrant bursts of natural Spring colours we've come to expect were sadly absent. There were glimmers of hope though. The grass in Tring Park is growing (just) the buds are budding (if you look very close) and we even found a little clump of (slightly mud splattered) daffodils not far from our Finish Line.

Apparently there are people who predict "the colours of Spring" (or any other season for that matter). In the chart above you can see where the smart money has been bet and it's fascinating stuff. Apparently all of that mud, so intent on coating itself over running shoes and kit alike, isn't brown but "Emperador"!

Who knew??

Spring has sprung in Tring Park
Brave little daffodils, resplendent in a fine livery of "meadowlark"!!
Our brightly coloured parkrunners need to pay more attention - that "red" top isn't quite "cherry tomato" if I'm not mistaken.


Hillingdon AC are on trend!

We had lots of lovely visitors this week, more on that below, but first a special mention to Angela, Lucy, Christina, Zoe, John, Lyndsey, Heather, Melanie, Edward, Paul and William visiting us again from Hillingdon AC.

great visitors
Welcome back to Hillingdon AC.
We were impressed by the deft combination of "little boy blue" and "cherry tomato", as modelled by Lucy in the centre!

In Lyndsey's words:

"11 members of Hillingdon AC made their way around the M25 and up the A41 for a bit of parkrun tourism. One of the group, Heather Davidson (the one with the stars on her headband), is leaving Hillingdon AC very soon for a new life in Somerset.

Heather made a visit to Tring parkrun in September 2017, when a little sunnier, and loved it so much she wanted to visit again before she leaves for her new adventure. Maybe she wanted to start getting used to some bigger hills!

Thank you for having us and making us feel welcome. Hillingdon AC always love the mud, some more than others as you can see!"

That last line refers to William who still managed a PB (as did Melanie - who we presume is his big sister) despite covering much of the finish straight in a horizontal orientation!


Emperador to Gold

The great thing about a first run at Tring (or any other parkrun) when it is slippy and damp is that you're virtually assured a Personal Best on your next visit! Clearly this is what the following very welcome first time parkrunners had in mind.
Well done to all of the following on what we hope will be the first of many parkruns.

  • Nathan COOK
  • Philippa DOUGHTY
  • Michael HART
  • Tom BEAL
  • Andrew PENNELL
  • Rachael MACRAE
  • Sarah COOK
  • Paul DOUGHTY
  • Maria KERR
  • Victoria HOBBS

We also said hello to a large group of tourists/visitors:

  • Melanie FERRIER
  • Charlie WATSON
  • Shaun NEWBERY - visiting from Colby in South Wales, and was our First Finisher this week
  • Natalie KELL
  • Stephanie GIBBONS
  • Simon REYNOLDS - visiting from Derbyshire and running his 303rd parkrun (our highest tally on the day)
  • Graeme PAYNE
  • Sandi LATIMER
  • Kate WEBB
  • Lindsay OREJAS
  • Jonathan WOOLDRIDGE
  • Phil PERRY
  • Marie SHONE
  • Matthew RIGGS
  • Kate BROOKS


Hi-viz heros

It's that time of the year when we struggle a bit with volunteers and so we especially welcomed the heroic efforts by everyone who spared a little of their time to make this week happen.

You can see the roster for future volunteer opportunities here:
Send an email to or message us on Facebook if you'd like to help out.

Anyway - a special mention to Jim Maple. He had heart surgery on the Monday and still came to help as our "musical marshal" with an appropriate playlist at Gate 1. Thank you Jim and great to see you looking so well.

Jim - playing music with his running shoes on. Got to love it!

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Many thank to ALL of our volunteers - just a a few of whom are pictured here

Our volunteer hall of fame this week was:

  • Alison BILL
  • Allison WILLIMENT
  • Chris BILL
  • Claire SHEPHERD
  • Edward HOPPER
  • George FLETCHER
  • James MAPLE
  • Joanna PENN
  • Katie HAINES
  • Matt ALLEN
  • Olivia BURNEY
  • Richard LONG
  • Richard MURPHY
  • Rob ALLEN
  • Victoria WILSON
  • Wes BALL


A colourful "Easter Egg"

Hidden "secrets" buried in books, films, computer games and web-sites have become known as "Easter Eggs". It's perhaps not quite a secret but a new add-on to the Chrome Browser provides all manner of extra stats for the odd, unofficial challenges and volunteering heroics that parkrunners get up to.

(if you use Chrome you can find out more here.)

New results page volunteer logos
The official parkrun results site now also shows who has volunteered 25 times...

New athlete details page Unofficial parkrun challenges summary
...the Chrome "Easter Egg" goes much further and shows progress against all sorts of unofficial parkrun challenges!

Examples of challenges include:

  • Alphabeteers - have run a parkrun starting with every letter of the alphabet.
  • Groundhog day - have run exactly the same time twice or more in a row!!
  • Pirates - have ran parkruns starting with 7 Cs and an R!!!
  • Overseas - running parkruns outside of the UK.
  • Volunteering - all sorts of bronze, silver and gold awards!!!

I'll leave you to guess "Stopwatch Bingo" and "Stayin' Alive" etc.

You get the idea.


A kaleidoscope of amazing facts, stats and other astonishing stuff

As usual a whole world of colourful facts and figures emerge in the wake of each Tring parkrun, including quite a few surprises. For example I would have bet money that we wouldn't see a PB. Good job I'm not a betting man!

tree assist windmill hands
We considered a special award for those who made best efforts to stay upright. Here you can see several of the main techniques employed e.g. "the tree assist" and the "windmill arms". The winner is the good old "give each other a helping hand".

In fact we saw 20 PBs (!!) as follows:

  • Francesca Elliot
  • Simon COWIE
  • Gareth ROBERTS - smashed his last PB by an amazing 4:31
  • Freddie TRUMAN-WILLIAMS - by a very symmetrical 1:11
  • Dan BUTLER
  • Oliver PAINTER
  • Jamie MATTHEWS
  • Kayleigh GRAY
  • Melanie SPENCER
  • Lawrence BURTON
  • William SPENCER - 7m 23s!!!!!
  • Kenneth IVORY
  • Robyn NEILL - by an economical 4 seconds
  • Christina BENJAMIN
  • Chris NICHOLLS
  • Angela M DUNCAN
  • Charlie TRUMAN-WILLIAMS - by an impressive 43 seconds
  • Suzanne MARGETTS

We have quite a spectrum of other stuff to celebrate too

  • First of all many CONGRATULATIONS to Julian CRANE and Colin CHAPMAN who both ran their 50th parkruns and earn a red milestone T-shirt. Colin has ran all of his at Tring. Julian reached his total by running 47 times at Tring and once each at Aylesbury Duck, Bournemouth and Southwick Country.
  • Adam TANNIAN ran the 200h Tring parkrun for Bearbrook RC and Helen PAGE ran the 4,000th for Tring RC
  • We saw City of Salisbury A & RC, Windrush Triathlon Club and Northern Fells Running Clubs for the first time at Tring. Welcome!
  • The lovely Lorraine HURFORD ran her 30th Tring parkrun in a row – only the 4th person to have achieved this feat
  • Ignoring minute 28 (which must have missed the briefing) quite remarkably ALL the minutes from, and including 24 to 30, had 10 barcode finishers each!
  • We saw the name Melanie for the 50th and the names Sandi and Iwan for the first time
  • On surnames it was the 100th time we have seen the surname Raffety, and the 50th time we have seen the surname Coburn
  • Adam PAVEY finished 10th on his 10th parkrun
  • Despite the conditions, Angela DUNCAN broke her own course record for the VW75-79 age group with her time of 36:39. And Freddie TRUMAN-WILLIAMS set the 2nd fastest time for the JM11-14 age group with a time of 19:52.


This week's award for the most aesthetically pleasing finishing times is a three way tie between the following worthy contenders:

  • Paul MCCORMACK with a nicely mirrored 25:52
  • David PARDOE for a precise 30:00 dead
  • Chris WAGSTAFF for a nicely balanced 34:34


Muddy Muddy
In the "who got muddiest?" award category there were too many too choose from and so it was a draw across roughly 200 people. Honorary mentions to these two heroic efforts though!


Red Shift (or should that be Cherry Tomato Shift?)

Professor Stephen Hawkins (RIP) taught us about the "red shift" observed by objects travelling very, very fast. It's not a race, but is always quite impressive to see just how rapidly some can convey themselves round our challenging 5k route.

Our "first finishers" this week were

  • 1 Shaun NEWBERY in a time of 19:43, on his first visit to Tring
  • 2 Freddie TRUMAN-WILLIAMS was only 9 seconds behind with a new PB time of 19:52
  • 3 Paul CHAMBERLAIN crossed the line only 19:55 after Wes said "go"!


  • Scarlett WAGER-LEIGH recorded a time of 22:56 and is making a habit now of being first finisher
  • Rose SINGLETON running Tring for the first time crossed the finish line after 25:45
  • Zoe DOBBS from our lovely Hillingdon visitors crossed with a time of 26:24

Now here is the bit I like. If you take into account age and sex you get a different picture. In which case the order was:

  • Paul CHAMBERLAIN 19:55 VM45-49, 71.72 %
  • Freddie TRUMAN-WILLIAMS 19:52 JM11-14, 71.39 %
  • Angela M DUNCAN 36:39 VW75-79, 68.62 %
  • Edward MARGETTS 23:18 VM55-59, 65.95 %
  • Scarlett WAGER-LEIGH 22:56 JW15-17, 65.92 %


End of the Rainbow

You get rainbows when you get rain. We don't want more rain.
But Spring really has sprung. Watch out for the first seasonal article soon covering "A year in the life of Tring Park".

Thanks again to everyone for making Tring parkrun a happy place on Saturday mornings whatever the weather and however prominent the colour Emperador is.

And we leave you with a weather and stress busting competition.......


(This week was a team RD effort...with Wes leading the pack, Katie doing the results and me doing this thing!)



Colour in (or otherwise modify) the attached and send to or post on our FB page. In fact, feel free to send us anything colourful to do with Tring parkrun or Zebras. The winner will receive a ludicrously valuable prize!!!

colour this in


parkrun #185 – The mini beast from the East

On a morning that dawned more bleakly than a Danish crime drama, the volunteers of Tring parkrun would have held high hopes that common sense would have prevailed amongst the runner and that everyone could remain safely tuck up in bed.

Parkrunner however, have been accused of many things having any common sense is not one of them, so it was at 9am in the amidst of the mini beast of the east 156 runners appeared over the spiral bridge to tackle our own beast.


Of those parkrunners we welcomed 15 first timers, who didn’t let the weather stop them from completing their first run and clearly the weather condition “was a PB kind of day” for 11 lucky runners.

We celebrated two milestones, Joshua Whitton achieved his 10th parkrun and Katrina Bond reached her 100th parkrun. Congratulations to both of you.

Katrina & Joshua

Katrina & Joshua

Three brave runners travelled from Sheffield through the mini beast from the east to support a family member taking on a slightly longer challenge in Ashridge on Saturday.


The mini beast from the east did not stop out stats computer this week ….

Katrina Bond ran her 100th parkrun

Joshua Whitton ran his 10th parkrun

2 PBs in 2 weeks for Sean Robinson
34.2% were aged 50+, the highest % this group has seen since early October 2017

Our 2 most popular minutes – minutes 28 and 29 have seen identical numbers - both have now seen 1,868 runners

1st week without an Alison running since August 2016!

1st time we have seen the names Marie, Tommy and Connie

Ella Highton becomes the 64th person to run 64 times at Tring (Way back in December 2014 she was also the 8th person to run 8 times and the 10th person to run 10 times at Tring)

Claire Hallissey set the 4th fastest time ever for the VW35-39 age group, watch this space for a few more records to tumble in her new age category

Of those who've run at least 5 times at Tring, Adam Woodhams (2:07) was the only person with a PB

Michelle Knott set a new record gap of 184 parkruns between 2 Tring parkruns, having last run at #1

2 PBs in last 2 appearances for Jonathan Hoar, Richard Pennant-Jones, Sean Robinson, Yogi Powell and Tigi Herbert

We saw the following clubs for the 1st time; Windle Valley Runners and Sheffield University Cross Country & AC

Trevor De Souza managed to finish 25th on his 25th parkrun and he almost managed the ideal time finishing in 25 minutes and ….. ……… 27 seconds – so close!!

Finally a big thanks to the volunteers who turned out in very chilly conditions to ensure that the event takes place



See you all on Saturday
Run Director


#parkrun 184 – Plenty of mud to keep them smiling

On a cool and grey morning on Saturday, we welcomed 199 participants to the 184th running of parkrun here in Tring.

Apart from a handful of slightly late arrivals and a sneaky dog who had managed to slip his collar and evaded his owner for some distance (he was finally collared again heading for the exit), the whole crowd managed to successfully negotiate the course, even with enough mud in the usual places to steal the shoes of any unsuspecting runner.

Jumping Mud

Cathy Bishop

Marcus and Cathy showing us how to avoid the mud

As has already been shown in the weeks' pictures, most managed the course in a pretty positive mood which is always great to see, though the chill in the air ensured that only a few lingered long enough to see Dennis Raffety complete the course as tail runner.

Congratulations to Dave Cary on reaching his 50th parkrun this week.

Dave Carey

Dave Carey completing his 50th

As usual, our esteemed event director proves that even on a middling, grey parkrun, in the middle of March there are enough statistical oddities in the numbers to last at least the length of a cup of tea - so here we go:

Nobody finished in the 21st minute – last time that happened was in February 2016

We saw the name Alison for the 200th time

For the 1st time we saw the names Tiana and Karina

200th time we have seen the surname Lambert

50th time we have seen the surnames Lee and Knox

19 PBs with most of these being for new runners. Philip Pugh (0:19) and Joshua Whitton (0:42) were the only 2 runners who have run at least 5 time at Tring and also recorded a PB this week

Well done to Tony Peacock who ran his 1st parkrun in March 2016 and set a PB this week at his 2nd parkrun. And similarly, Alarik and Emma Knox who ran their 1st in October 2016 and knocked off over 7 minutes from their PB at this week’s parkrun which was also their 2nd parkrun.

Chris Felden recorded his 3rd PB in his last 3 Tring parkruns and 2 PBs in 2 for Thomas Felden, Anna Dalgas, Jane Gaherty, Dilan Baraus, Joshua Whitton and Molly Light

We saw the following clubs for the 1st time; Enfield & Haringey AC and Portishead Running Club

See you all next week
Run Director

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